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Rodney Stark is an author. Pastor is conducting a book study on Sunday afternoons of Stark’s The Triumph of Christianity, which is a history of the Jesus-Movement, from just before the first Christmas to modern times. We start this coming Sunday, and we are to discuss the first three chapters. I’ve read them now, and even at this point I can highly recommend this book. Good Reads gives it 4.2 stars out of five. (293 ratings with 59 reviews.)

So insightful.

I appreciate that he keeps pointing out incorrect assumptions. I thank him for taking a matter-of-fact stance and just discussing the facts. He takes the Bible seriously, but he points out where things don’t match up. He also doesn’t cotton dismissing the bible just because there are no other confirmations.

I like his style. Very conversational and easy to read. Good story telling for a history book.

I keep thinking of things I want to write about while reading, and now that I have sat to write, I can’t think of them.

Well, one: He points out serious studies of such things and shows how people’s beliefs primarily match their social circles. Family first, then friends, then community. Well, duh.

He has some interesting comments about evangelization, and he compares Paul to Billy Graham briefly. Good stuff. Mostly, I have discovered that souls can only find agreement with mine when they know I love them, and they love me. It really is one heart at a time.

Oh, Jewish-Roman relations. I need to write about that.

He doesn’t write a lot about most topics he mentions, but the topics are loaded, and I need to write out some of it.

More to come.

Excuses have their uses, but none are for the best. A few items I came across, mostly via internet search. Some of these are quite noteworthy. I need to incorporate these truths better, as I’m sure most of us do.

This first one is particularly significant to me at the moment:

Your letter of excuses has arrived. I receive the letter but do not admit the excuses except in courtesy, as when a man treads on your toes and begs your pardon – the pardon is granted, but the joint aches, especially if there is a corn upon it. Lord Byron

Don’t make excuses – make good. Elbert Hubbard

An excuse is a skin of a reason stuffed with a lie. Billy Sunday
{Amen, Brother!}

No one ever excused his way to success. Dave Del Dotto

Excuses are the tools with which persons with no purpose in view build for themselves great monuments of nothing. Steven Grayhm

Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure. Don Wilder and Bill Rechin

There is no such thing as a list of reasons. There is either one sufficient reason or a list of excuses. Robert Brault,

Two wrongs don’t make a right, but they make a good excuse. Thomas Szasz, The Second Sin
Two wrongs don’t make a right but three lefts do. Reliant K (among others)

It is wise to direct your anger towards problems – not people, to focus your energies on answers – not excuses. William Arthur Ward

Any excuse will serve a tyrant. Aesop
{And the take away would be to avoid acting like a tyrant, and make no excuses.}

Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things. Russell Baker {Awfully familiar nowadays.}

We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, and callings. Abraham H. Maslow

Uncalled for excuses are practical confessions. Charles Simmons

There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results. Art Turock

Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. George W. Carver {Not quite connected, but I keep thinking of it when I spot this one, “and the good shepherd left the 99 to find the one lost sheep, and when he found it he was joyous and invited his friends to rejoice with him.”}

“A bad workman always blames his tools.”

People with integrity do what they say they are going to do. Others have excuses. Dr. Laura Schlessinger

Wow, conclusive evidence that you don’t have to be perfect to say something worthwhile:

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